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January 8, 1938

Personal Hygiene

JAMA. 1938;110(2):151-152. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790020065032

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This book, intended for instruction in health at the university level, is the outgrowth of the same author's previous volume, Personal and Community Health, but contains additional material. Beginning with a chapter on student attitude, in which appears the author's widely quoted definition of health and in which he expresses a sensible philosophy toward health, which avoids both negligence and hypochondriasis, he discusses in successive chapters nutrition, digestion, oral hygiene, respiration, circulation, excretion of nitrogenous waste, skin, endocrines, sense organs, nervous system, mental hygiene, bodily activity, body mechanics, food hygiene, reproduction, heredity, narcotics and stimulants, responsibility for health maintenance, communicable diseases and immunity and, in an appendix, the individual communicable diseases. The book is liberally and intelligently illustrated. There is a good glossary and an adequate index. The book teaches hygiene on the basis of physiology, giving enough and not too much information for the groups for which the book is intended, to serve as an adequate background for the health practices which he recommends. The

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